Fielding a question on why the Congress has been decimated in several states despite aggressive campaign by party vice-presidentRahul Gandhi, former Delhi Chief MinisterSheila Dikshit has said that Rahul was still not mature and should be given (more) time”.
In an interview to The Times of India, Dikshit, while underlining that Congress is undergoing a “generational change” and that political language too has changed over the past few years, said: “You see, we are going through change. It is both a generational change and a change in politics from what it was till a few years back. The political language has changed quite a lot. For instance, you would not expect the PM to say what he said about former PM Manmohan Singh. In this change of approach, link, language and relationships, Congress is adjusting itself. And please remember Rahul is still not mature, his age does not allow him to be mature. He is what… in his forties. Please give him time. Having said all this, Congress believes in development of the weak and marginalised. Rahul is the only one who has spoken about farmers.”
Defending Rahul further, Dikshit said she believed he has come a long way. “He is not yet prime minister because that opportunity will come later but he is doing things,” she added.
Rahul Gandhi is campaigning aggressively in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh these days, where the party has stitched an alliance withAkhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party.
Dixit also told TOI that the SP-Congress alliance has been welcomed and that Rahul and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav campaigning together has had a positive impact.